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My First Year as a Photographer: 16 Things I Wish I Did

Ah, the feeling of officially turning your photography hobby into a full-fledged business venture – it’s thrilling and you’re on cloud 9! You get to be your own boss and can do what you love every. single. day. As in any endeavor, your first year is likely to have speed bumps and issues as you learn the most efficient ways to be the best photographer possible.

Reality sets in as the speed bumps occur. There are emails to answer, shoots to direct, images to backup, social media to post… the list goes on. Suddenly, this newfound freedom of being your own boss is extremely overwhelming. With a laundry list of things to do, where do you possibly focus your time in the first few years to set your business up for longevity and success? We’ve got just the thing to help.

16 Things I Wish I Did My First Year as a Photographer

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Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Wedding Photographers

Lighting…. It’s one of the most essential aspects of photography to understand. Done correctly, it can help you set scenes, capture memorable moments, develop moods, stimulate emotional responses, and elevate the quality of your images and the story they tell. And yet, lighting is one of the most challenging parts of photography to master.

As a wedding photographer, you see it all – the good, the bad, and the terrible when it comes to light. Since you are not always in control of where you shoot, or what the lighting conditions will be, it can be difficult to know which tools to use to combat the light during the wedding day. Off-camera flash provides you with options for the lighting situations that need help, or when you desire to create a more dramatic look to the image. So, how can you quickly control and create light with off-camera flash in any location, regardless of the lighting scenario?

Free Guide: Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Wedding Photographers

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5 Keys to Absolutely Succeeding in Your Photography Business 

It’s no secret… in your wedding photography business, success takes a lot of hard work! There are so many different tasks and projects on your plate, and all of them can feel vital to your growth and success. How do you prioritize which will bring the most value to you and your business?

The difference between success and failure isn’t always that great. By looking at where other businesses have failed, you can learn where not to put your time and energy. And in contrast, looking at what successful wedding photographers do to succeed can provide a roadmap for what is a profitable use of your time. Together, both perspectives bring a full picture of success.

In our guide, we walk through 5 reasons businesses fail and share how to use that to transform into success. We go on to share a collection of facts, quotes, and information from top business leaders and wedding photography studios from across the country to give you a roadmap for prioritizing the most important tasks for your business!

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The 5 Keys to Growing your Business through Blogging

Does this sound familiar? Wedding, engagement and portrait shoots, emails, meetings, timelines, albums… the list goes on and on. You have a never-ending to-do list to maintain your business. A wedding happens and you capture images you are ecstatic about, and have full intentions to share them on your blog to show your couple (and to help attract more clients). But, the next client inquiry comes in and your schedule is suddenly packed again. You think, “I’ll get to blogging about my last wedding when I do the next one.” And then, it happens again, and again, and again.

Blogging is a bottleneck for many wedding photographers, and is one of the most common tasks to get pushed aside. And even though it may never be the most important task of the day, it is vitally important to growing your wedding photography business. The challenge is figuring out how you can blog consistently, post in a timely manner, and keep up with the demands of the rest of your business. We have a great resource to help you with each of these items, so you can reap the benefits of blogging as a wedding photographer.

The 5 Keys to Growing your Business through Blogging

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The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to the Off-Season

You made it! With the busy wedding season behind you, you can finally take a deep breath. After countless weddings and shoots happening every weekend, it’s easy to greet the the off-season with open arms!

With fewer shoots on your plate, now is the perfect time for you to recharge and revitalize yourself and your photography business. We know the thought of going through your current systems and processes can be overwhelming. To help you focus on what’s most important and reach your goals, we created a great resource you can use when working on your business.

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to the Off-Season

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WPPI 2017 Show Guide

It’s that time of the year – WPPI 2017 is here! The annual event is one where you can connect with fellow photographers and vendors, gain valuable education, all which you can take back to your business. Since there are so many options for you during the event, it’s important to focus on exactly what will help you grow your business. We have the perfect resource to get you ready for the conference, and make sure you maximize your experience this year!

WPPI 2017 Show Guide

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Our Top Guide of 2016

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As a wedding photography post production company, we take pride in helping you eliminate hours from you workflow and lower your stress. In addition to that, we also enjoy sharing relevant and valuable resources with you. With 2016 coming to an end, we’ve been spending a bit of time looking back at the resources you really enjoyed over the year. So far, we’ve looked back at our Top Wedding Photography Resources and our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016. Today, we’re taking a look at our top guide of 2016.

One of our goals with the guides we provide is to cater to certain aspects of wedding photography or business. Our guides allow you to take a deeper dive into topics that are the most relevant and important to where you are at in your business.

This year, we released a guide filled with tools and apps to transform your workflow, a guide to help you eliminate branding mistakes in your business, a guide to keep you focused during the off-season, and a guide to getting booked in 2017. Out of each of these guides, one in particular covered a tool that has been really helpful to wedding photographers this year: Instagram! With expert testimonies and resourceful tips for wedding photographers, this is our top guide of 2016:

Instagram for the Wedding Photographer

In our free guide, we partnered with photographers who are awesome at using Instagram for their business. Here are some of the highlights from our most popular guide of 2016!

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Secrets to Getting Booked in 2017

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As 2017 inches closer, it is crucial for you to focus on areas of your business that need your immediate attention to help you book more weddings. We know this can be stressful, especially when it adds more work to your plate. Here at ShootDotEdit, we enjoy providing you with resources to help you and your business – and we’ve got a great one for you now.

To eliminate any stress, and help you stay on track for your booking goal next year, we reached out to 22 pro wedding photographers for their best tips for getting booked. The result? A guide just for you, packed with 40 secrets on filling your 2017 calendar!

Secrets to Getting Booked in 2017: 22 Wedding Photographers Share What Worked in 2016

Our free guide features pro wedding photographers Vanessa Joy, Donal Doherty, Zach and Jody Gray, Scott Robert Lim, The Scobeys, and so many more! The tips we gathered from these pros cover all necessary topics for increasing your bookings for next year, including Marketing, Blogging, Branding, Website, Social Media, Networking, Client Communication, Referrals, Client Meetings, Outsourcing, and Systems! Use this guide to help you optimize parts of your business to attract ideal clients and book more weddings next year.

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Photography Contracts

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It’s no secret that growing your business is no easy task. It’s also just as challenging to protect your business. One key area in protecting your business is your contract. As you continue to build and evolve your business, your contract should do the same!

It’s important to take the time to review your contract and ensure it’s up to date and adequate for your business. That’s why we’ve connected with some of the industry’s wedding pros to share some of their best tips and insights for keeping their businesses safe with a properly built contract.

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Your Body Matters: The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Camera Bodies

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Your body matters…your camera body, that is! As a photographer, it is crucial that you take the time to know and determine which camera body is the best for you and your shooting needs. Do you know which cameras have the best sensors or can handle a high ISO at low-lit ceremony sites and still produce high quality images your clients will be thrilled to print? 

In Your Body Matters: The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Camera Bodies, we’ve teamed up with LensProToGo to share about some of the best cameras, so you will know what to look for when searching for your next camera body!

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